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Students Shattering Stereotypes

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Middle School (6-8)
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Students Shattering Stereotypes

At West Middle School in Rockford, IL, student council members organized a Not In Our School campaign and a school-wide assembly with student-produced skits challenging stereotypes and other intolerant behavior. (2:43)   

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did you think of the scenarios the students performed?  Were they similar to name-calling or stereotypes you may have heard or seen?
  2. In each performance scene, the target of the name-calling modeled a response or rebuttal. Did you find these responses realistic?  Do you think they would be effective in stopping the name-calling?  Give examples of why or why not.
  3. One student in the video quoted the belief that “In order to improve the future, we must know where we have been in the past.” What does this statement mean to you?  What lessons from our history in the United States do you feel we have learned, or do we still need to learn, in order to improve our future?



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